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The value of coins in a Sakalava polity: money, death, and historicity in Mahajanga, Madagascar

Lambek, Michael (2001) The value of coins in a Sakalava polity: money, death, and historicity in Mahajanga, Madagascar. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 43 (4). pp. 735-762. ISSN 0010-4175

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Abstract

In these remarks Durkheim presages both Mauss's influential discussion of total facts (Mauss 1966) and Bloch's significant analysis of the way human supplicants produce the blessing they subsequently receive from Merina royalty in central Madagascar (Bloch 1989). Not unconnected are the ideas of two of the most influential thinkers on economy. That religion is a human construction whose objects come to appear as autonomous living beings to those who worship them provided a touchstone for Marx's analysis of commodity fetishism (1977). And Polanyi's formulation of the embedded economy (1968) resonates with Durkheimian and Maussian conceptions of the social whole.

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Additional Information: © 2001 Society for Comparative Study of Society and History
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
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Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2008 16:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/16867/

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